Professor Louise Phillips

Professor Louise Phillips

Chair in Psychology

Professor Louise Phillips
Professor Louise Phillips

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Psychology
Room F23, William Guild Building
Kings College
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3FX


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 1990 Edinburgh University
  • PhD (Psychology) 1993 Manchester University

Current Research

ORCID: 0000-0002-0988-3028

  • Adult aging, social cognition and emotional skills
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Effects of degenerative diseases on social and emotional processing
  • Age, planning and prospective memory

Research Grants

2015-2018: ESRC/BBSRC.(Applicants Haggarty, Murray, Phillips, Staff, Hocking, Ferguson-Smith & Richards).    Imprinting methylation; early life influences and later cognition and mood. Ref: ES/N00048X/1. Awarded £446,636.

2017-2020: ESRC (Applicants Phillips, Tatler & Henry). Adult aging and social attention: the role of cognitive decline and social motivation. Ref: ES/P005330/1. Awarded £500,492.

2018-2020: Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Institutional Links UK-Malaysia grant (Applicants Phillips and Yong). Social cognition and executive function in older adults in the UK and Malaysia: links to socio-economic factors. Ref: 331745333. Awarded £128,461.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Level 1 Lifespan Development
  • Level 3 Psychological Assessment
  • Level 4 option course: Emotion and aging in social cognition
  • BM4301 The Science of Aging
Further Info

External Responsibilities

Member of the Experimental Psychology Society committee

Admin Responsibilities

  • School of Psychology Director of Research
  • Member of School Management Group
  • Course co-ordinator for PS3011 Psychological Assessment
  • Steering group of Aberdeen Birth Cohort studies


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  • Pupillo, F, Phillips, L & Schnitzspahn, K 2020, 'The Detrimental Effects of Mood on Prospective Memory Are Modulated by Age', Emotion, pp. 1-15. [Online] DOI:
  • Agnew, HC, Phillips, LH & Pilz, KS 2020, 'Visual attention, biological motion perception and healthy ageing', Psychological Research, vol. 84, pp. 625-642. [Online] DOI:
  • Pomareda, C, Simkute, A & Phillips, LH 2019, 'Age-related differences in the ability to decode intentions from non-literal language', Acta Psychologica, vol. 198, 102865. [Online] DOI:
  • Lawrie, L, Jackson, MC & Phillips, LH 2019, 'Effects of induced sad mood on facial emotion perception in young and older adults', Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 319-335. [Online] DOI:
  • Zuber, S, Ihle, A, Loaiza, VM, Schnitzspahn, K, Stahl, C, Phillips, LH, Kaller, CP & Kliegel, M 2019, 'Explaining age differences in working memory: The role of updating, inhibition, and shifting', Psychology & Neuroscience, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 191-208. [Online] DOI:
  • Lorgen-Ritchie, M, Murray, AD, Ferguson-Smith, AC, Richards, M, Horgan, GW, Phillips, LH, Hoad, G, Gall, I, Harrison, K, McNeill, G, Ito, M & Haggarty, P 2019, 'Imprinting methylation in SNRPN and MEST1 in adult blood predicts cognitive ability', PloS ONE, vol. 14, no. 2, e0211799. [Online] DOI:
  • Laing, CM, Cooper, CL, Summers, F, Lawrie, L, O’Flaherty, S & Phillips, LH 2019, 'The nature of anger in people with multiple sclerosis: a qualitative study', Psychology & Health. [Online] DOI:
  • Grainger, SA, Steinvik, HR, Henry, JD & Phillips, LH 2019, 'The role of social attention in older adults’ ability to interpret naturalistic social scenes', Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 72, no. 6, pp. 1328-1343. [Online] DOI:
  • Grainger, SA, Henry, JD, Phillips, LH, Vanman, EJ & Allen, R 2017, 'Age Deficits in Facial Affect Recognition: The Influence of Dynamic Cues', Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 72, no. 4, pp. 622-632. [Online] DOI:
  • Roberts, CE, Phillips, LH, Cooper, CL, Gray, S & Allan, JL 2017, 'Effect of Different Types of Physical Activity on Activities of Daily Living in Older Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 653-670. [Online] DOI:
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